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This is a comment I very much disagree with. I always make a bidding plan - the aim is anyway not to describe one's hand, but to reach the right contract!
Oct. 22, 2014
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what is TMI?
Oct. 17, 2014
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After the 10 is played to the first trick, it can easily be that the 7 will be an important card - so winning the first trick, run discarding 3, 2 and 1 and then get the ending right
Oct. 14, 2014
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Pass is not forcing. 3 says I want to play in 3. One cannot say that 3 or pass are weaker.
Oct. 8, 2014
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5 is last train and does not show a control.
The only question now is 6 or 7 - I cannot be any better.
Sept. 26, 2014
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The question is how strong is 1NT - if within the range the bid is automatic. This hand is worth more than 15 points with the 10s
Sept. 22, 2014
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Play. 3 rounds of and West is dead.
Sept. 21, 2014
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Maybe 5NT followed by 6NT could be a Grand Slam try.
July 21, 2014
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The Argument is - a spade overcall takes more room, so requires less values. Seems to me sound Logic!
July 7, 2014
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I was the doubler. As a pass was not forcing, the double only showed that we have the balance of the points.
But if I stop to think I am not able to double - lessons learned, think more on the first round of the auction so that you can double on the second round
June 24, 2014
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This time partner had J109xxxx of spades, so the heart lead was not a success. I led a heart - but afterwards thought that the chance of this being right when I have so much is pretty low.
May 22, 2014
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I was suggesting giving up on making 5 tricks and just playing for 4-3.
The comments above have convinced me that this would not have been a good idea.
May 10, 2014
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Kit, you argue for the PRC play in by crossing to the Ace. However this would go down if the are 4-3 when you can afford a loser as it sets up the . Maybe the best play is to play Ace and another .
May 10, 2014
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As a German player I will try to answer the point “how things slipped under the radar for so long”. I thought that Dr. Wladow took advantage of any available information - whether allowed or not. He did not satisfy my ethical requirements - not only to play fairly but to be seen to be playing fairly. When playing without screens there was too much eye contact with his partner for my liking. I never dreamed that he was actively cheating. He played with a number of players whos ethics I do not question - although his results were less good with them.

I will give an example. We wer doubled in our 5 sacrifice, our teammates bid one more after the same auction and went one down. So as a team we discussed why we misjudged the hand, but decided the bidding was perfectly reasonable, having contructed many hands where bidding on was correct. So the doctors had shown better judgement - now I believe they knew about a key singleton which makes not bidding on clear.

So were we all naive?
May 8, 2014
David Cole edited this comment May 9, 2014
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Why do you have to have and not ?
April 20, 2014
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All major events in Germany are played with screens
April 7, 2014
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I do not believe that Wladow and Illenescu were cheating with coughing in German domestic events. Wladow's behaviour at the table was a major issue, and there were doubts. The issues you raised will be intensively discussed in German Bridge - though this will take some time.
April 7, 2014
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We have just had the last weekend of the German premier league. Ulrich Wenning made it very clear that the DBV is no longer involved in the WBF case - a decision to appeal is a matter for the players. For those who criticized the DBV please consider that the organisation is run by unpaid volunteers, who sacrifice a lot of time for the game we all love. Disciplinary measures in Germany are being discussed or have started. Great care is required that all rules are followed as Wladow is likely to go to normal courts to appeal any rulings against him.
In case there is any doubt, most German players are very greatful that the Doctors have been caught.
April 6, 2014
David Cole edited this comment April 7, 2014
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In the German bridge scene the doctors were recognised as good players. There were many people with doubts (myself included) as their results were better than the theoretical basis and they often landed on their feet (but there were enough disasters). I was shocked by the videos. I do not believe they were coughing when I last played against them in the German premier league and I had no reason from the results to suppose that they were playing unfairly.
Thus I cannot blame their team mates - I think they were all genuinely shocked, although they may have been naive.

April 2, 2014
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I find the suggestion that it is necessary that the WBF further investigate the DBV distasteful. There was no suggestion that any other members of the German team were in any way not playing completely ethically.

I agree that promoting active ethics everywhere in bridge is wothwhile.
March 29, 2014
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